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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 The Barclays

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Brittany Lincicome got her 2nd victory of the year at the LPGA's CN Canadian Women's Open; Thomas Björn got his 2nd victory of the year after winning the ET's Johnnie Walker Championship in a 5-man playoff; Mark Calcavecchia won the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour; Kirk Triplett won the News Sentinel Open on the Nationwide Tour; Syndee Michaels won the Vidalia Championship on the LPGA Futures Tour; and Ritsuko Ryu won the Nitori Ladies on the JLPGA. And let's not forget our U.S. Amateur champion -- Kelly Kraft beat #1-ranked Patrick Cantlay 2up in the 36-hole final.

Dustin Johnson claims his win

And Irene said, "Let the playoffs be shortened!" And it was so.

Actually, Mother Nature doesn't seem to like Barclays at all. Late last year the Barclays Singapore Open was rain-delayed and had to be finished on a Monday. Earlier this year the Barclays Scottish Open got shortened to 54 holes after torrential rains caused mudslides on the course. And now she sends a hurricane to eliminate any consideration of a full tournament at The Barclays.

Heaven help this year's Barclays Singapore Open!

At any rate, DJ broke his winless drought and got his first victory with Joe Lacava -- Fred Couples's former caddie -- on his bag. DJ managed to blast his way around the course and, despite all the mud, give everybody a "dustin'." (Sorry, it was just too good to let it pass.)

Matt Kuchar had stated earlier in the week that longer tournaments suited him better, and proved it during Saturday's finish. He started with the lead but ended up second. I like the nickname "the Silent Assassin" that the media has given Kuch, but it's clear that he's not a fast worker. I guess it's hard to be stealthy in mud.

Several players made valiant runs at the big man, but most were too far back. Only Brandt Snedeker got close; his course record 61 (-10) still fell 3 shots short.

DJ now has 5 wins in his 20s, the most of any young player on Tour. However, after noting that two of those have come in rain-shortened events, I may begin referring to him as "The Big Muddy." That's a nickname for the Missouri River, which is the longest river in the United States (appropriate, don't you think?). Also, like one of Dustin's golf shots, it seems to meander all over the countryside.

And then, of course, there's all that mud that seems to follow him everywhere he goes.

Frank Nobilo stated that, if the majors aren't coming to you, the next best win is either a WGC or a FedExCup playoff event. Well, Dustin has two of those now, and here's a soggy Limerick Summary to celebrate his latest one:
Since majors for which he has lusted
Remain out of reach, DJ busted
It long. It went "thud"
As it splashed through the mud,
Leaving Kuch and the others all dusted.
The photo came from the front page of

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